Experience North Vietnam's most exciting places on this 7-days and 6-nights travel package that will take you from Hanoi and bring you in touch with local people. Travel to Ha Long, the world heritage, journey to Sa Pa with its wonderful people.
What to Expect
Experience North Vietnam's most exciting places on this 7-days and 6-nights travel package that will take you from Hanoi and bring you in touch with local people.
Day 1: Hanoi on arrival (Dinner)
Get picked up from the airport and enjoy a transfer to your Hanoi 3 stars Hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay sleeping overnight on Halong Golden LotusCruise 2 days 1 night deluxe package (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
08.00 – 08.30 Meet your guide at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5-hour drive to Ha Long Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break on the way.
12.00 Embark on Golden Lotus Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13.00 – 15.30 Savor a delicious lunch as Golden Lotus cruises among the limestone islands.
15.30 – 16.30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area.
16.30 Back to the Golden Lotus Cruise
16.30 – 17.30 Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relax at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Ha Long Bay.
17.30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set.
19.00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board Golden LotusCruise.
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Train to Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)
06.30 – 07.00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07.30 – 08.30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08.30 – 09.30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Ha Long Bay.
09.30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09.30 – 10.30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more.
10.30 – 11.30 while heading back to the harbor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12.00 Disembark Golden Lotus Cruise.
12.30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16.30 – 17.00 Arrive at your Hanoi 3 stars Hotel – Train to Sa Pa.
Overnight on train to Sa Pa (soft sleeper train).
Day 4: Lao Cai on arrival – Sa Pa trekking tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Get pick up at Lao Cai Train station, transfer to hotel in Sa Pa, get breakfast and shower
After breakfast, transfer 6 km by jeep or van. Followed by a 2km walk down to Lao Chai village, and continue a further 3 km to Ta Van village where the Dzay minority people live. Here you will enjoy lunch provided for you in a local family home, all for you to discover their daily life, works and special custom, enjoy landscapes… After lunch you will trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village – home of the red Dzao. Nearby you will rest at a wonderful waterfall followed by a rattan bridge crossing taking you back to the Jeep for our return to Sa Pa. You will have free time untill your included dinner in Sapa Queen restaurant. After dinner the romantic town of Sa Pa is all yours to enjoy.
Overnight at Sa Pa 3 Star Hotel (Sa Pa Lodge Hotel)
Day 5: Sa Pa Trekking Tours – Overnight on train back Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Have breakfast and then leave the hotel.
8.15 am, you start trekking downhill through Sa Pa Market down the valley. Once you walk out of the crowd, you’ll be stunned by the nature’s beauty with high mountains of over 3000 m and the green rice terraces dropping nearly 1000 below. The sun shines across and there are H’Mong houses scattered in the valley.
Travelers booking this tour have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. It is noteworthy that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
12.30 Journey back to the town of Sa Pa to have lunch.
After lunch time you have about 2 hours of free time for shopping and saying goodbye to Sa Pa.
15.00 Your bus departs for Lao Cai Station, you have dinner in Lao Cai before you get on the train back to Hà Nội.
Overnight on soft sleeper train.
Day 6: Hanoi city tour full day (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hanoi: Located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart, Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there.Sightseeing with a Local Guide; water puppets performance; visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum
Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. On the way out visit One Pillar pagoda. The pagoda was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong according to his dream of Bodhisattva seating on a lotus flower and led him to the pagoda. In 1954, the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawer. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today remains since this restoration.
Around 11.00 you will be arriving at the Temple of Literature. This is the combination of the Confucius Temple worshiping Confucius which was built in 1070 and the first Royal National university in Vietnam built 6 years later in 1076. Considered as "an escape" from the bustling city, this temple and its beautiful garden provide an opportunity to learn more about education in Vietnam since 1000 years ago until recent history.
12.00 Lunch time in local Restaurant with local Vietnamese traditional Cuisines.
13.00 Continue to visit the interesting Ethnology Museum. Located west of the city centre, this museum offer informative and well-documented display on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, include elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing implements, work tools and other functional objects. The display continues on to the garden outside with fascinating examples of minority housing from the King’s to the ones of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands.
15.30 Visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword lake) and Ngoc Son temple. Situated in the heart of Hanoi, the lake got its name according to a legendary story. In the 15th century during the Ming Chinese invasion, general Le Loi was presented with a holy sword. With the help of this sword he expelled the Chinese from Thang Long, present-day of Hanoiand proclaimed himself as king Le Thai To. One day, when the king was sailing on the lake, suddenly a golden turtle emerged from the water and claimed back the sword which has been believed given to him by God. Since then, the lake has been known as Ho Hoan Kiem or the lake of the Restored Sword.
On as island at the northern part of the lake stands Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain temple, one of the most beautiful and religious site in the capital. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine, literature, and also to Tran Hung Dao, the general who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century.
16.00 Return to hotel. Finish unforgettable full day Hanoi Sightseeing!
Overnight at Hanoi Hanoi 3 stars Hotel
Day 7: Hanoi departure (Airport see off)
After breakfast, you will be taken back to the airport to catch your flight back home.
- All transfers and accommodation
- Train ride to Sa Pa in a soft sleeper train (4 beds in one cabin)
- Meals as mentioned in program
- English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
- Flight tickets
- Tips for guide, driver (USD 1-3/pax/day – not compulsory)
- Personal expenses not listed on above